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736th -- The Affluent Poor


It is important for us to remember that there is only one way for us to be
made right with God Almighty. It can never be done by doing righteous 
acts or deeds or simply by being a good person. All of this is very well
and fine, but God’s standard for salvation is far more demanding. It 
requires a sacrifice of epic proportions; one we could never have 
imagined. We were not good enough to save ourselves and the biggest and 
grandest of our sacrifices would not even have come close. God knew this
from the beginning and in His infinite wisdom, love and mercy; He gave 
Himself to be our sacrifice. (Galatians 3:20-29) (1 Timothy 2:5-6) (Acts 4:12)

The Creator decreed that He would die for His creation. Our salvation is 
undeserved, yet thankfully still exists to all who recognize their sin and 
more importantly see their need for The Savior, Jesus Christ. Never 
believe the lie that you are self-sufficient and good enough to make 
heaven. That lie comes straight from the depths of hell encouraging you 
to believe that you are okay. None of us are okay unless we are washed in 
the Blood of the Lamb Who cleanses us of our unrighteousness and makes us 
clean forevermore. (Romans 5:6-11) (Galatians 4:4-7) (1 Peter 1:16-23)

I hope this message challenges your heart to see that you need Jesus 
Christ to save your eternal soul. We can never be good enough to meet 
God's standard, but thankfully He knew this and made a way for us to call
Him our Heavenly Father.


You cannot save yourself. Not through the right rituals. Not through the 
right doctrine. Not through the right devotion. Not through the right 
goose bumps. Jesus is crystal clear. It is impossible for human beings to
save themselves.

Jesus doesn't say improbable. He doesn't say unlikely. He doesn't even say
it will be tough. He says it is impossible to save yourself. No chance. No
way. No loopholes. No hope. Impossible. It's impossible to swim the 
Pacific. It's impossible to go to the moon on the tail of a kite. You 
can't climb Mount Everest with a picnic basket and a walking stick. And 
unless somebody does something, you don't have a chance of going to heaven.

Does that strike you as cold? All your life you've been rewarded according
to your performance. You get grades according to your study. You get 
commendations according to your success. You get money in response to your work.

That's why the rich young ruler thought heaven was just a payment away. It
only made sense. You work hard, you pay your dues, and “zap”? your account
is credited as paid in full. Jesus says, “No way.” What you want costs far
more than what you can pay. You don't need a system, you need a Savior. 
You don't need a resume, you need a Redeemer. For “what is impossible with
men is possible with God” (Luke 18:27).

You see, it wasn't the money that hindered the rich man; it was the 
self-sufficiency. It wasn't the possessions; it was the pomp. It wasn't 
the big bucks; it was the big head. “How hard it is for the rich to enter
the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23). It's not just the rich who have 
difficulty. So do the educated, the strong, the good-looking, the popular,
the religious. So do you if you think your piety or power qualifies you as
a kingdom candidate.

You don't impress the officials at NASA with a paper airplane. You don't 
boast about your crayon sketches in the presence of Picasso. You don't 
claim equality with Einstein because you can write “H2O.”

And you don't boast about your goodness in the presence of the Perfect.

By Max Lucado

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Revelation 3:20 Jesus declares,
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if
any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will
sup with him, and he with Me.”

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men 
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any 
should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

1 John 1:8-10 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say
that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

1 John 1:3-5 “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that
ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the
Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you,
that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of
Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”

1 John 1:7-10 “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we 
have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son 
cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive 
ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is 
faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all 
unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, 
and His word is not in us.”

All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

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In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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